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  • Weeks have now elapsed since my unfortunate fall. And all is not yet well.

    My first response to the dilemma was quite positive, I believe. Adjustment to being joined at the hip to an obliging mate came with a fair degree of ease. I convinced myself the persistent presence would be both beneficial and reassuring. I could do this. It might take some effort, but it was not beyond my reach... or stretch.

  •  Brunswick County residents came out to celebrate diversity Sunday, Oct. 4, at the fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. The festival was at Brunswick Community College and featured song, dance, food and crafts that celebrated the world's cultures.

  • Check the fall 2009 edition of Signature Kitchens and Baths, and the magazine’s design awards first-place winner in the traditional category might look familiar.

    The winner was Windsor’s Cabinetry in Greensboro, which also has an office in Shallotte that has installed cabinets in numerous homes in Brunswick County communities such as Seascape, Seawatch, St. James, River’s Edge and Holden and Ocean Isle beaches.

    In fact, the Shallotte team’s work has been featured in three local award-winning homes in previous Brunswick County Parades of Homes.

  • CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace is hosting the 64th annual Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) Juried Exhibition from Oct. 11 to Nov. 30.

    An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. this coming Sunday, Oct. 11, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    The juror for this year’s competition and guest artist is Steve Rogers of Ormond Beach, Fla.

    In addition to judging entries, Rogers is conducting a four-day watercolor workshop Oct. 12-15 at Sunset River Studio, the gallery’s workshop on Calabash Road.

  • On Oct. 9, the moon will get a new crater. The crater will not come from the normal source, such as a meteor hitting the surface. This time the crater will be an artificial depression.

    The crater will be just a bit of cosmic surgery on the face of the old man in the moon, just below his chin.

    The real reason for the new crater is to answer the age-old question: “Just how much water is on the moon?” The estimated quantity of water is believed to be 32 ounces per ton of top layer soil; equating to the driest Earth desert.

  • You can tie the landscape together with short, squat trees. Another problem commonly encountered when designing small spots is finding a way to provide low, space-conscious structure with trees that carry the bulk of their mass below eye level.

    These trees are often important in tying together the landscape and connecting it to water features, garden art, and hardscaping. Their low visual center of gravity—typically from squat or weeping shapes­—makes this possible.

  • Richie and Carrie Danford of Shallotte announce the birth of sons Thomas Abram and William Edward Danford. They were born on Aug. 6 at Grand Strand Medical Center.

    Thomas, born at 9:32 a.m., weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. William, born at 9:34 a.m., weighed 5 pounds and was 18 inches long.

    They are joined at home by a sister, 3-year-old Rachel Danielle.

  • Early October marks the beginning of the season for an old southern garden favorite—camellia.

    It blooms in shades of red, pink and white open on large, evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark-green foliage. The flowers you’re seeing now are what the locals call “sasanquas” or just the “fall camellias.”

    Throughout the winter and into early spring, the common camellia (Camellia japonica) provides a show with blooms that are so perfect they could be computer-generated.

  • Years ago, my husband was given a piece of advice that was comforting and challenging. When he spoke of a family dilemma, a friend told him to pray for someone to cross his relative’s path. Pray for the emergence of a person who would effect a change that was beyond the family’s ability. He did. The person appeared. Change began.

  • Sammy (ID No. A011411) is a female, tricolor Catahoula Leopard Hound. The staff at Brunswick County Animal Shelter thinks she’s about two years old. She has been at the shelter since Sept. 8. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages six months or older, and $46 for dogs five months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Diane Sandoval’s life is anything but boring.

    She’s been a commercial airline pilot for more than 25 years, a Harley-Davidson biker for 40 years and recently made the move with her retired husband, Reggie, to their dream home in Lockwood Folly.

    Now, she’s added “cancer survivor” to her list of accomplishments and says she has a “calling” to promote breast cancer awareness and fight the disease she was lucky enough to beat. On Nov. 14, she and her fellow bikers will take to the streets to benefit breast cancer research.

  • Charlie Stokes of Holden Beach spent his lifetime traveling the world, first in the military and then for the State Department. He has been in 85 different countries in Europe, Asia, South American and Australia. When it comes to travel in strange and exotic places, Stokes is an expert.

  • Blues guitarist Rickey Godfrey is coming to the Grand Strand for five local performances.

    On Sunday, Oct. 4, Godfrey will take part in the Art Show & Blues Battle at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is slated to take the stage at 3:30 p.m.

    Godfrey also has four performances scheduled at Key West Crazy in Little River, S.C. He will play from 7-10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, and 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

  • Little Taffy had a hard time in her previous life and now needs a new home with lots of love. She is Dachshund/Chihuahua mix weighing 16 pounds, and she’s 9 years old. She is housebroken, very intelligent, has the Doxie hunting personality and loves to be with someone. Since Paws Place had to repair her rear knee, it would be best if she were the only dog in the house with no little children. She has many good years left, so please give her a chance.

  • The color pink is everywhere today. It has become synonymous with showing support for breast cancer awareness. Now, women can wear their support around the clock with SO.CAP.USA Hair Extension’s Pink Hair For Hope program, which is taking place through Oct. 31 at Totally Chic Salon and Spa in Calabash.

    For a $10 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, anyone can wear their support by receiving a free pink hair extension.

  • The transition to cooler weather of autumn is upon us. While that means you’ll have less grass to mow and more time to spend watching football, there are some things you should and shouldn’t be doing in the garden as the days grow shorter.

    If you have an automated irrigation system and you’re not leaving town for extended periods, consider shutting it off. Shorter and cooler days significantly reduce the need for irrigation on established plants. If you miss the rain, you can always cycle the system on manually.

  • October is a great time to find beautiful material in the garden that will complement your dried arrangements.

    Many grasses, pods, cones, and even gumballs can spark up your fall decorations. Before they go into hiding for six months, now is a good time to mark the places where your summer bulbs and herbaceous perennials are planted.

  • Amanda Reeves Little of Shallotte and Dean Gore of Ash were married Aug. 29 at Highest Praise Worship Center, with The Rev. Sherwood Lancaster officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Marilyn and Paul Reeves of Ash. The groom is the son of Lois Gore of Ash and the late Henderson Gore.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her sons, Elijah and David Little.

    Shirleen Wells of Calabash served as matron of honor. Dominica Hewett of Cedar Grove served as maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Susan King of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Chelsea Boyd and Aaron Farmer, together with their parents, Patrick and Teresa Boyd and Tracy and Robin Farmer, announce their engagement. Chelsea is a graduate of West Brunswick High School and is a student at Brunswick Community College. Aaron is a graduate of West Christian Academy and has joined the U.S. Army. He departs for basic training in November. A spring 2010 wedding and celebration is planned.

  • Jackie C. Thomas and Nan Norris Thomas of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 26.